For anyone even remotely interested in jazz music of the first half of the 20th century, this will be an interesting watch.
According to Manchester Film Festival’s website, ‘Vince Giordano is responsible for the period music in Todd Haynes’ “Carol”, Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator”, Robert DeNiro’s “The Good Shepherd”, Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Cotton Club”, Gus Van Sant’s “Finding Forrester”, Sam Mendes’ “Revolutionary Road”, Terry Zwigoff’s “Ghost World”, half-a-dozen Woody Allen films, and HBO’s Grammy-winning “Boardwalk Empire.” ‘
The music is without doubt what makes this film work – it’s glorious, and authentic, and brilliant.
The directors have used the space between the musical interludes to try to get inside the man himself, and they succeed to a certain extent, with some of the band members explaining what it’s like to work with him. I’d like to have heard from his partner Carol a little more though – she’s part of his business and is on screen quite a bit, but she’s allowed to say very little. I was also curious to know why the band consists entirely of white men.
Still, great music!